Dr. Baldwin was born in South Carolina and developed an early love for the ocean while living near the seashore and exploring along the beaches. She studied at James Madison University (B.S. biology), the College of Charleston (M.S. Marine Biology), and the College of William and Mary (Ph.D. Marine Science). She has published over three dozen scientific papers, including descriptions of new fish species from Belize, Tobago, Cook Islands, and Australia. She is on the editorial board for Copeia - the journal of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, and the Steering Committee for the Caribbean Coral Reefs Ecosystems Program of the National Museum of Natural History. She has recently developed presentations entitled "Fishes!, Bizarre Beginnings Beneath the Sea: A Little Fish Story", and "Galapagos: Way Beyond Darwin". Dr. Baldwin has been featured in Smithsonian, Rodale Scuba Diving, More Magazine, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Miami Herald, and on the ABC television special Planet Earth 2000.